April 25, 2012
Nuclear Powered Preamp Promises Incredibly Excessive Accuracy With a Built-in Atomic Clock
by Andrew Liszewski | April 23rd 2012
Audiophiles are always on the hunt for the most over-the-top setup to impress and make other audiophiles jealous. And there’s now a nuclear option in the audiophile arms race with this DAC featuring a built-in rubidium-powered atomic clock promising incredibly accurate and stable digital to analog conversions, and vice versa.
Antelope Audio’s upcoming Rubicon Atomic Preamp includes a nuclear clock that’s claimed to be “100,000 times more stable than a traditional crystal oscillator.” Which promises to improve sound quality when the amp is performing digital to analog and analog to digital conversions by reining in jitter. To be honest, like a lot of audiophile-grade gear it sounds a little gimmicky, but apparently similar atomic master clocks are used in professional mastering studios so there’s presumably some validity to the company’s claims.
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Nuclear Powered Preamp Promises Incredibly Excessive Accuracy With a Built-in Atomic Clock

by Andrew Liszewski | April 23rd 2012

Audiophiles are always on the hunt for the most over-the-top setup to impress and make other audiophiles jealous. And there’s now a nuclear option in the audiophile arms race with this DAC featuring a built-in rubidium-powered atomic clock promising incredibly accurate and stable digital to analog conversions, and vice versa.

Antelope Audio’s upcoming Rubicon Atomic Preamp includes a nuclear clock that’s claimed to be “100,000 times more stable than a traditional crystal oscillator.” Which promises to improve sound quality when the amp is performing digital to analog and analog to digital conversions by reining in jitter. To be honest, like a lot of audiophile-grade gear it sounds a little gimmicky, but apparently similar atomic master clocks are used in professional mastering studios so there’s presumably some validity to the company’s claims.

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(Source: Gizmodo)